Central Westmoreland's Dwayne Vaz: A politician's template

Central Westmoreland Member of Parliament Dwayne Vaz is hoisted by supporters after being successful in the
by-election to the seat made vacant by the passing of Roger Clarke

DWAYNE Francois St Michael Vaz, going forward, might well be the template for how to make a Jamaican politician, thanks largely to the late Agriculture Minister Roger Clarke. Vaz, unlike many of the country's politicians, was not predisposed to representing the People's National Party (PNP), as his ... Read More

The proposed ICT facility on Ward Avenue in Mandeville is close to completion. (PHOTO: GREGORY BENNETT) Ward Avenue ICT facility almost ready
KENDAL, Manchester — A large information, communication and technology (ICT) facility now near ... Read More

Northern Caribbean University (NCU) President Dr Trevor Gardner (centre) and
Anthony McKenzie (second left), National Environment and Planning Agency’s
(NEPA’s) director of environmental management and conservation, display the
MOU signed between both organisations on March 12 to foster greater
collaboration on environmental matters. Sharing the occasion are NEPA’s
Manager of Planning, Evaluation and Research Marvette Brown (left), NCU Vice-
President of Academic Administration Dr Marilyn Anderson, and the university’s
director of research and grants Dr Delano Lewis. (PHOTO: GREGORY BENNETT) NCU signs MOU to assist in environmental protection
MANDEVILLE, Manchester — Northern Caribbean University (NCU) recently became the third tertiar ... Read More

The historic Mandeville
courthouse will be the
venue for property tax
night court. (PHOTO:
GREGORY BENNETT) Night court for Manchester property tax delinquents
MANDEVILLE, Manchester -- The Manchester Parish Council has formalised an agreement with the Residen ... Read More

Kendal main road to be resurfaced

BY ALICIA SUTHERLAND Observer staff reporter sutherlanda@jamaicaobserver.com | Monday, March 23, 2015    

The Kendal main road, which links Mandeville with northern sections of Manchester, is to be

KENDAL, Manchester -- Residents of Kendal in Manchester Central who have for years seen the main road in a deplorable condition can expect to benefit from rehabilitation work slated to start soon. The repairs are to take place from Kendal to the Clarks Town area, which links Kendal with Mandeville. Kendal main road also forms a "critical" part of the route from Mandeville to Christiana. Councillor Donovan Mitchell (PNP, Royal Flat Division), representing Manchester Central Member of Parliamen ... Read More

Incubator mission for Mandeville Regional Hospital

Monday, March 23, 2015    

Martin Greaves (left) outlining his plans to help Mandeville Regional Hospital at
a meeting at the hospital recently. Looking on is Mandeville Regional Hospital
Chief Executive Officer Alwyn Miller

MANDEVILLE, Manchester — Prompted by a Jamaica Observer story last November reporting an inadequacy of incubators for the care of premature babies at Mandeville Regional Hospital, a Jamaican abroad is spearheading efforts to donate equipment to the hospital. Martin Greaves, a Manchester native who read the article in Bronx, New York where he lives, believes that social media can go a far way in making the necessary connections. "You leave home but home never leaves you," Greaves said. " ... Read More

Jamaica Standard Products tops business awards in Manchester

Monday, March 23, 2015    

Manchester Chamber of Commerce Secretary Doreth Jones (right) shares lens
time with granddaughter Leah Drummond after the banquet as they admire an
Audi Q3 on display at the Golf View Hotel. (PHOTOS: GREGORY BENNETT)

MANDEVILLE, Manchester — Jamaica Standard Products was named Business of the Year at the recent awards banquet of the Manchester Chamber of Commerce. The coffee company came out ahead of the two other nominees -- Power Services Company Limited and B Mull Auto. Other winners for the night were Proven Financial Services in the category of banking & finance; engineering company EPAMS for community impact; Golf View Hotel for hospitality and customer service; Blue Ember Concepts for entr ... Read More

Chronixx rules in Santa Cruz!

Monday, March 23, 2015    

Fast rising reggae star Chronixx was a hit when his ‘Capture Land Jamaica tour’
made its Santa Cruz stop recently at St Elizabeth Technical High School. The tour
included Negril, Kingston and Portland. (PHOTO: GREGORY BENNETT)

Fast rising reggae star Chronixx was a hit when his 'Capture Land Jamaica tour' made its Santa Cruz stop recently at St Elizabeth Technical High School. The tour included Negril, Kingston and Portland. (PHOTO: GREGORY BENNETT) Chronixx rules in Santa Cruz! --> Read More


Monday, March 23, 2015    

A diary

Monday, March 23 (9:00 am) Department of Communication Studies Animation Workshop Main Chapel, Northern Caribbean University Monday, March 23 (5:30 pm) Jamaica Civil Service Association & Management Institute for National Development (MIND) Memorandum of Understanding Signing MIND Campus, Perth Road, Mandeville Tuesday, March 24 (10:00 am) Department of Communication Studies Motion Picture Day The Michael, Hyacinth Chen Nursing School Northern Caribbean University Wednesday, Mar ... Read More

LIME Ja boss pushes for legislation to protect telecoms industry

BY ALICIA SUTHERLAND Observer staff reporter sutherlanda@jamaicaobserver.com | Friday, March 20, 2015    

LIME Jamaica CEO Garfield Sinclair delivering the keynote
address to the Manchester Chamber of Commerce Awards
Banquet held recently at the Golf View Hotel in Mandeville.

MANDEVILLE, Manchester — Garfield Sinclair, managing director of full-service telecommunications provider LIME, says that the frequency of copper cable theft continues to stifle its expansion efforts, even with the recent acquisition of Columbus Communications (Flow) and Dekal Wireless to broaden its reach. Addressing a Manchester Chamber of Commerce Awards Banquet at the Golf View Hotel on the weekend, Sinclair said that LIME has lost more than $400 million over the past 12 years due to ... Read More

St Elizabeth land dispute reaches the streets

BY GARFIELD MYERS Editor-at-large South Central Bureau | Sunday, March 15, 2015    

Residents bearing placards

SANTA CRUZ, St Elizabeth — Last Friday, 67-year-old Desmond Baker and his neighbours in Park, just west of Santa Cruz, did something he now contends they should have done decades ago. They took to the street with placards in a peaceful demonstration to protest what they describe as an attempt to rob the community of a playfield which they say dates back to the 1930s. The playfield, says Baker, was a designated recreational "reserve" provided when the property known as Santa Cruz Park was ... Read More

Gova was a loving, hard-working woman

Sunday, March 15, 2015    

Mourners in the packed church celebrate the life of Miss Gova.

SANTA CRUZ, St Elizabeth — A packed Bethlehem Moravian Church in Malvern, St Elizabeth remembered Gloria Theresa Bateman Calder as a warm, happy neighbour and loving, hard-working mother and wife. Born October 10, 1932, Bateman Calder, affectionately known as Gova, Miss Gloris, and Aunt Gloris, died in hospital on December 10, 2014 after a brief illness. She was the sixth of 10 children born to Stanley and Mable Hanson in Schoolfield, a quiet district close to Malvern. She attended the ... Read More

Word, Sound, Power

Monday, March 09, 2015    

Church Teachers’ College
dancers in performance

MANDEVILLE, Manchester -- In line with 50th anniversary celebrations taking place at Church Teachers' College (CTC), the Department of Languages and Literatures at the institution recently held its inaugural staging of a literary festival. The event, 'Word, Sound, Power', gave students and others in the region an outlet to not only showcase their talents but to also walk away with prizes for their efforts. CTC students Randy Stewart and Clyde Williams emerged winners for their poetry piece 'Co ... Read More

NCU and US group join forces to save boys

BY ALICIA SUTHERLAND Observer staff reporter sutherlanda@jamaicaobserver.com | Monday, March 09, 2015    

A section of the audience at the conference at NCU

M A N D E V I L L E , Manchester — Northern Caribbean University (NCU) is set to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with a group in the United States to help make education, particularly at the tertiary level, a priority for boys and young men. The “faith-based” organisation, called Collaborate to Educate Our Sons (CEOS), is headed by Howard University Professor of Biblical Languages and Literature Dr Bertram Melbourne. Melbourne initiated a conference at the Seventh-Da ... Read More



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